The short film “Cracking Chirality” produced by the absurdly talented Day’s Edge Productions and The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. was published online today and will on Curiosity Stream shortly. Dusty Studio did the animation with myself and Miles Mason doing the stop motion, Phillip Evans doing much of the illustration and Yalan Wen doing the motion graphics. Thanks Neil, Nathan, Page, Kori and Alex for begin so easy to work with. :)

“Cracking Chirality” from Chemistry Shorts™ explores how the essential molecules of life, like DNA, RNA, and proteins, acquired their homochiral structures and how magnetic rocks at the bottom of a prebiotic lake, may have set the stage for life as we know it.

12:52am on Friday 8th March 2024

Confluence: Safe Crossing

SVA MFA Computer Arts 2023 Fall Exhibition

Opening reception: Thursday, November 9, 6-8pm

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Confluence: Safe Crossing,” an exhibition of animations, films, prints and sculptures by MFA Computer Arts students, alumni, and faculty. Curated by India Lombardi-Bello, department assistant to the chair and outreach coordinator, and department administrative assistant Jack Meisterich, the exhibition will be on view from Wednesday, November 8, through Monday, November 27, 2023 at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City.

At the opening reception on Thursday, November 9, alumnus Dustin Grella (2009) will park his Animation Bus outside the SVA Flatiron Gallery for visitors to gather, draw and animate. A timelapse video will be created and shared at a later date.

5:43pm on Friday 3rd November 2023

Announcing Dustin Grella as the
2024 VAF Keynote Speaker!

Dustin Grella is an animator and documentary filmmaker whose work attempts to glean glimpses of colorful insight into the seemingly mundane.

6:26pm on Friday 27th October 2023

Animation Hotline, 2022 (Ohio Edition) will be screening in the Competition-4 programme at the ANIMAGE festival in Recife, Brazil on October 3-8, 2023.

Poster Design by Natalia Gregorini - IG @nataliagregorini

6:47pm on Tuesday 3rd October 2023

Animation Bus #03 from Dusty Studio on Vimeo.

Current progress on the animation bus that has chalkboard side so that people can draw on them.

11:37pm on Wednesday 23rd August 2023
4:43pm on Friday 14th July 2023

Animation Hotline, 2022 (Ohio Edition) earned a thumbs up by the ASIFA community! Thank you for your love and support over the years. :)

7:05pm on Friday 26th May 2023

Water bottles with hand drawn labels that started in 2006.

7:18pm on Wednesday 5th April 2023

This is just a mockup, so it isn’t what the bus looks like right now. Although it is an actual photograph of the bus. I’m planning on putting some colorful painting on the front and the back and then the middle will be chalkboard paint, so that when we are traveling we can have other people draw on the bus and we can draw on it ourselves and make animations. For some reason I keep talking about myself in plural.

4:30pm on Wednesday 15th March 2023
3:00pm on Thursday 19th January 2023

I bought a school bus this summer, a little midsized school bus, and I’m going to turn it into a little mobile animation station with a studio in the back and a bed up front. (at Kenton County, Kentucky)

8:23pm on Friday 30th September 2022

Drawing on these football cards. (at Los Vegas Nevada)

11:07pm on Friday 17th December 2021
6:58pm on Tuesday 14th April 2020

This is a scene that we did for the Lars Von Trier film “The House That Jack Built”.  This is Jack’s (Matt Dillon) explanation of the rising passion he holds for his art.  

12:58am on Tuesday 14th April 2020
5:16pm on Monday 28th January 2019

Animation Hotline #208 - Fengshui

oh hi Mark.  This one is pretty funny.  We were trying out some new materials, and really like how it turned out.  Jen did the absolutely amazing water-painting.  She is so talented.  Right now we are super busy working on the animated segments for an upcoming documentary about Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest, that should (hopefully) be going to film festivals later this fall. But in the down time we are also working on new Animation Hotline videos.  I talked with Annabelle the other day and she had a great story about her name, so hopefully she is going to be calling in and telling that story, but for right now we are depending on you to call and tell your story!

Call us at (212)-683-2490!

4:01pm on Thursday 2nd August 2018

Animation Hotline #207 - Mask

Ah, yes, it’s Tuesday again! We’ve animated another anonymous monologue: one about moving into the city and the struggle to find first full-time employment fresh out of college. Changes and transitions mark growth but bring new doubts. Stay tuned for next week, more chalk dust (and possibly feng shui) coming your way! Have a story to tell/know someone who does? Call us at (212)-683-2490!

4:31pm on Tuesday 15th August 2017

Animation Hotline: Organs (#206)

A late night/early morning caller explains their floral-gory dream, helping us to create the B-Rated horror film we always wanted to. We’re busy keeping our earlier promise to crank these puppies out, which means you should be calling! Call now, call here, call there, call everywhere, call blue fish, red fish, one fish, two fish. You get the point. (212) 683-2490

6:22pm on Wednesday 9th August 2017

Whoa!  Haven’t made one of these in a really long time.  Maybe since last summer?!  But here it is.  There are three new interns this summer (see credits!) and we will be cranking these things out for the next month or so (maybe longer if we get a bunch of really great calls- hint-hint).   So, what we are trying to say is call, call and then call again so that we can choose from a whole bunch of stories, summer stories, poems, nightmares, reality checks, drunkalogues, breakups, engagements, childs new to the world, all that stuff.  All that good life stuff.  Call!   Call 212-683-2490.  This particular animation is about a phonebooth, sort of, not really.  We also made a life sized phonebooth that people can go inside and leave messages, so if you want to host the phonebooth at your location contact us.  It’s pretty heavy.  Maybe 500 pounds.  But one of the interns is really strong so it shouldn’t be a problem.  Have a great summer!  Enjoy!

3:51pm on Wednesday 2nd August 2017

SVA Career Fair 2017

Dusty Studio is going to be at the SVA Career Fair this Friday, March 24 from 1-4PM.  We will be looking for four Illustrators and a Motionographer for an upcoming job in April and May.  The Illustrators will need to show samples of figure drawing (digital photos of works on paper are sufficient, you don’t need to bring in your whole portfolio) and animation experience is a huge plus. If you aren’t able to make it to the booth, feel free to fill out this freelance form on the website.

We will also be speaking to people about summer internship opportunities.  If you are interested in an internship this summer with Dusty Studio please stop by the booth and say hello and drop off samples of your work.

The career fair will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, 4th Floor from 1-4PM.

4:50pm on Wednesday 22nd March 2017